Fellowship Baptist Church
Fountain Inn, South Carolina
Worship involves reverently entering into the presence
and fellowship of God in order to exalt His worthiness. It is a sacred
experience of His all-sufficiency for our insufficiency.
Therefore our Worship Service is not an audience observing, but a
congregation actually participating.
Psalm 96:8-9 "Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an
offering, and come into his courts. O worship the LORD in the beauty of
holiness: fear before him, all the earth."
The reverent worship of God through singing weans us away from the world
and encourages us to obey the Word of God!
Fellowship Baptist Church follows the Biblical guidelines concerning the
music used in our Worship of our Precious Lord.
1. The Principle of Replacement.
2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new
creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become
We are to flee the world, it's wisdom, and it's works! 1 Timothy 6:11,
James 3:15-17, Gal 5:19-23
2. The Principle of Rejoicing:
Isaiah 65:14 "Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart ..."
The most vital aspect of music is it's message . Properly rejoicing
depends on the content of what we rejoice in which must be Scriptural.
We rejoice in the Lord and His qualities of holiness, power, and mercy,
the honor of His name and His faithfulness.
Music must be presented to the Lord in a manner that exalts the message
rather than the music.
Psalm 96:1 "O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the
earth. 2 Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation
from day to day."
3. The Principle of Righteousness:
Our goals in our Church's music are:
a. worship and fellowship. (Eph. 5:19-20)
b. teaching and training (Col. 3 16)
c. evangelism (Acts 16:25).
Church music is not about entertainment and stirring
emotions. It is about God's glory and God's message!
We stand against using contemporary music in worship
because it ignores carnality and often embraces the world
indiscriminately. The artists often make God the hero who meets felt
needs and ignore the doctrines of repentance, and place more emphasis on
what is happening outside instead of what God is doing on the inside.
There is much confusion today concerning the ministry of music because
of trends in our society. New Evangelicalism is sadly making inroads
into Churches through music. You will rarely find a quality Church in
our culture without quality music.
* excerpts from H. Joseph Miller, Building the Church p.
* all Scripture references are from the King James